Children from 0-5 years old are especially vulnerable to traumatic impacts on their development while involved in the child welfare system. Their biological development and sense of attachment is so moldable in those ages, and we must be mindful of the challenges we impose on them. Decisions within child welfare must be evaluated through early development and attachment lenses. These children are also eligible for a variety of helpful services that many people may not know exist.
The programs described in this training are reflective of our experience in Douglas County, Nebraska. If you live elsewhere, brainstorm comparable options in your service area or contact Project Harmony for recommendations on getting started.
We invite you to work through this training and take note of the resources and recommendations within.
- Describe the effects that trauma has on children in the welfare system
- Discover resources that are available to assist children, covering a wide variety of issues
- Relate ACEs to the impacts on childhood development
- Recognize the importance of attachment in a child’s early development